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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 03/2018

WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 03/2018

Pepperl+Fuchs’ Global

Pepperl+Fuchs’ Global Distribution Center Singapore − High efficiency and intelligent integration LOGISTICS Pepperl+Fuchs, one of the world’s leading companies for industrial sensors and technology for electrical shock protection, again decided to use the design and implementation experience of the general contractor Witron Logistik + Informatik GmbH for the construction of the Global Distribution Center (GDC) in Singapore. Pepperl+Fuchs has already worked with Witron on the successful implementation of its European Distribution Center (EDC) at the company’s headquarters in Mannheim, Germany. Local sales offices of Pepperl+Fuchs can be found in most Asian countries to assure proximity to the customer. The heart of the logistics network of Pepperl+Fuchs in Asia is the automated “Global Distribution Center (GDC)” in Singapore. From here, the company supplies and distributes all Pepperl+Fuchs plants with a very broad product range. “The main reason for the realization of a global distribution center was the consolidation process of the worldwide stock for standard products”, says Mehmet Hatiboglu, COO at Pepperl+Fuchs. “The main share of our added value is within these product areas in the production plants in Biant, Vietnam, and in 32 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 3/2018

quantities to plants in Germany, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the U.S. Finished goods are sent in bulk shipments to the distribution centers in Europe (EDC) and the United States (UDC) each day via air freight and once a week via sea freight. In addition, up to 1,000 packages per day are sent directly to Asian end customers “door-to-door” via a courier service. The customers of Pepperl+Fuchs have direct access to the ordering systems of the GDC so that the order can usually be processed on the same day. Largest single investment in the company’s history With a total of 44 million Euros, the GDC in Singapore is the largest single investment within the company history of Pepperl+Fuchs. The investment for the 32 meter / 105 feet high Witron warehouse amounts to some 12 million Euros. The AS/RS contains 4 aisles. Every aisle is supplied by a stacker crane with a mast length of 18 meters / 59 feet. “The receiving area is equipped with six “intelligent” receiving workstations. Picking is done at eleven leading-edge and multi-functional workstations that can be converted from a pick to a pack workstation and vice versa at any time, and also to a workstation for value added service performances”, says Witron Project Leader Juergen Huettemann. “Up to 4,600 order lines are picked and packed on a daily basis.” The system knows independently whether 01 The four-aisle AS/RS is equipped with 60,000 storage locations. The cartons are divided into multiple components and can store 97,000 different items Singapore.” The worldwide supply of the regional distribution centers in Germany and the U.S. from Asia certainly makes sense. “We believe that we can supply our customers even faster with reduced stock through this consolidation”, says Hatiboglu. “In order to make this possible and keep maximum flexibility and costefficiency during peak times, we decided to implement an automated logistics center.” Just like the existing EDC in Mannheim, Germany, the plant in Singapore was designed and realized by the general contractor Witron Logistik + Informatik GmbH. System service and maintenance is carried out by a Witron OnSite team. The GDC supplies pre-picked raw, auxiliary, and operating materials in small quantities to the connected production area in the same building and to a production plant located 12 kilometers / 7 miles away. The same materials are also shipped in larger WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 3/2018 33

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